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Grateful Dead Live at Greek Theatre, U. Of California on 1981-09-11


Topics Live concert


Minglewood Blues, They Love Each Other, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Candyman-> Little Red Rooster, Cumberland Blues-> Beat It On Down The Line, Althea, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal Feel Like A Stranger-> Franklin's Tower, Women Are Smarter, He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Morning Dew-> Johnny B. Goode, E: Don't Ease Me In


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date September 11, 1981
Venue Greek Theatre, U. Of California
Location Berkeley, CA

Source Audience Recording: Sennheiser 421's
Lineage Sennheiser 421 mics > Sony TC D-5
Taped by Jim Wise
Transferred by


Notes

Sennheiser 421 mics > Sony TC D-5, taped by Jim Wise (see his notes in info file); d3 tracked for 80 min; via Nic Brokenleg, Kevin Gills; EAC/SHN by Willy

Reviews

Reviewer: chris phillips - - July 7, 2014
Subject: cool show, beautiful weather, best theater

check out the Stranger>Franklin's and Dew, so persian.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - - August 6, 2007
Subject: Wish the audio was better
First set is not all that inspired, though there are no serious flaws. The second set is more interesting and ends with clean, tight rockers

Solid and expressive vocals on He’s Gone. It’s always nice to have Morning Dew in a show, and this is a nice effort. Jerry gives up some powerful guitar solos and crafts the gradual ebbs and flows and changes in dynamics and emotion that gives Dew its appeal.

Sound is not so great, with a notable lack of bass. Phil is inaudible in parts of the recording.
Reviewer: ozma.of.oz - - June 9, 2007
Subject: The Wheel
Beautiful Evening--the sun was setting over San Fransisco Bay, and from the top of the Greek Amphitheatre you could see sail boats, the orange sun lighting up the coloured spinnakers. It had just start to get dusky moving towards dark, when the Band eased on into the Wheel, and Fire Works (big Fire Works) were being shot off over Downtown San Francisco--and everyone at the top of the amphitheatre is doing the EWWW AHHH that goes along with big fireworks--and you could tell that the folks in the bottom of the theatre couldn't see the explosions, and didn't know why there was this collective eww and ahh-ing in the opening strains of The Wheel, and then just as the boys hit :and the Thunder won't get you...." they shot of the grand finale across the Bay---definitely a show to remember.
Reviewer: Bzl - - March 25, 2006
Subject: Rippin'
Very jammy show! Nice He's Gone > Truckin', but the Other One > Dew is IT. Audio is only so-so, as Jim Wise notes.
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - - February 18, 2006
Subject: That Love Each Other
Always stuck me as one of my favorites. Jerry's at his best. He shredds Cumberland and that Althea is so sweet. The epitomy of Jerry, his voice sounds great and the recording is killer. What hot show and the next night is a blow out. Iam big on '81 Alpine, McArthur Court, Long Beach, Aladin and these of coarse. These being the Crown Jewel.
The Dead at another peak. I can't imagine how fun it would have been at the Greek Theater on this Sept night. To Watch and hear these guys in this era in this venue. Jerry sounds so sweet on Candyman. The solos are so sick. I Seen em' here in '89 but this a different ball game, old-school low key family style and Jerry sounding hot as can be.

}}}}1981 Prime Dead{{{{
Reviewer: Flakey Foont - - January 1, 2006
Subject: poor bastards
Went the first night and was pinned about 20 feet in front of Jerry for most of the show, No miracle the second or third; however, If I remember right, a block down from the gig in a park the dead set up a live feed with some speakers for the poor bastards not in the Amphitheatre, if I remember right, the dude from the dead that was watching this setup was letting people tap into the feed, so unless they were in the same condition
I was in, they probably got a good recording, I wonder who those dudes were?

5 stars for Jerry's playing that night
Reviewer: Purple Gel - - September 18, 2005
Subject: LONG LIVE THE DEW!!!!
This, to me , stands out as one of the best 3-show runs of the eighties, and what a great show to kick it off with ( as an aside I read an old interview in Relix with Dick recently where he said that the Archives don't have the masters for a lot of '81 shows including the Greeks, so i don't think we'll be seeing a Dick's Picks from these shows soon). Solid first set, great second set, and my personal favorite Dew.
After an inspired Other One, the boys proceeded to blow our minbds with one of the most powerful, yet sweet Morning Dews i have ever heard. The first break is so powerful and almost angry, and you can hear the crowd in the background pushing the band higher and higher. The truly amazing part is the closing jam.... Jerry starts out so sad and quiet, and slowly builds to a raging climax. This jam was so sweet that it brought tears to many an eye at the Greek that evening. The sweetest Sound I have ever heard was Jerry's penetrating leads piercing through the night and and often through the pschedelic haze in my head, and this is one of those moments that still sends chills down my spine and brings me back to that gorgeous early fall night in the Bay area.
Reviewer: StrawRider - - January 1, 2005
Subject: Freak at the Greek
One of these campus runs the Dead did in '81 should be a Dick's Picks some day. Since I went to these shows, I'll nominate Cal Berkeley's Greek Theater!
A nice clean sound is really needed here though. Somebody out there needs to step up to the plate and deliver some new goods. I know security was extra tight on the tapers for these shows but I have to believe that there is superior source for these shows...hiding...waiting for the light of day.

Dick's Picks #??

Four stars for great show minus recording.
UPDATE:
For some alternative shows from 1981 with clean sound try Chicago 2/26, 2/27 & 2/28; Essen 3/28; Hartford 5/12; Austin 7/4; Denver 7/13; Salt Lake 8/12; Amsterdam 10/16; and Oakland 12/27 > 12/31. You're bound to find something you like! Thanks Archive for all these incredible shows.
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